They won't get paid time and a half for their overtime work, but the Philadelphia 76ers are getting used to putting in that extra effort for a victory.
Sunday, they did it again with a 114-111 overtime triumph against the Chicago Bulls, who clinched the Central Division title on Saturday when Detroit lost at New York.Philadelphia's triumph tied an NBA mark for most overtime victories with eight, matching the Milwaukee Bucks in 1977-78. The 76ers also equaled a league record with their 13th overtime game of the season, matching the mark set by the New York Knicks in 1950-51.
Led by Hersey Hawkins' 31 points, eight in the overtime, the 76ers handed the Bulls their sixth loss in 38 games in the Chicago Stadium. Philadelphia has won there twice and took the season series 3-1.
Chicago's Michael Jordan took game scoring honors with 41 points, while Scottie Pippen added 32. Ron Anderson had 28 for the Sixers and Armon Gilliam added 25.
Regulation ended with the teams tied at 103. That's when Charles Barkley, out with a sprained knee but on the bench in street clothes, gave Hawkins a pep talk.
"`You want to be in the limelight, then this is the time,"' Hawkins said Barkley told him. "I like to take it upon myself. You have to be confident. This is one win we have to celebrate."
With 1:15 left in overtime, Hawkins drilled a 17-footer from the right corner with for a 113-110 lead. With 44 seconds to go, Jordan was fouled by Manute Bol and hit one of two free throws and the Bulls trailed 113-111.
Then Pippen stole the ball, but slipped out of bounds giving it right back to the 76ers. But Hawkins got tied up at midcourt and a jump ball was called with 13 seconds left.
The Bulls controlled the tip, but B.J. Armstrong's jumper from the free throw line went off the rim.
Andre Turner sealed the win making one of two free throws with just under a second left to play.
"It was one of those losses you don't expect," Jordan said. "We should have won. We had the opportunity and with all the hype of winning the division, maybe we were relaxed and it showed in our play.
"We have to get back to being a solid defensive team. We create our own trouble and we are our own worst enemies. It's where we have to go back to the drawing board and get back in focus."
With 1:31 left in regulation, Pippen's two free throws brought the Bulls to within 100-98.
Then Hawkins nailed two free throws at 1:14 for a 102-98 lead. Anderson committed his sixth foul when Jordan scored on a drive at 1:06. Jordan converted the free throw and the Bulls were down 102-101.
With 47 seconds left, a free throw by Turner had the 76ers up 103-101.
Jordan missed a shot on the Bulls next possession, but Hawkins had the ball stripped away and Pippen picked it up.
The Bulls called time with 12 seconds to go. Pippen's inbounds pass went to Horace Grant who then dished right back to Pippen who drove from the right of the top of the key to send the game into overtime.